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Hunter Mahan and the Media Myth of the Uncaring Man

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RUSH: We're gonna start audio sound bite number three.  We'll skip Obama.  Tired of hearing Obama

This is a report from CBS This Morning, a portion of a report by correspondent Jeff Pegues.  Apparently Hunter Mahan was leading the Canadian Open yesterday, and he left.  He walked out of there.  You heard about this?  Do you approve?  She said she approves.  I didn't know this 'til just now.  Hunter Mahan walked off the golf course at the Canadian Open with a two-stroke lead to attend the birth of his daughter.  And we have here the CBS reporter, you'll also hear Jaime Diaz of Golf World magazine.  Here's their report.  And of course the media report is filled with praise.

PEGUES: He literally walked away from a potential million dollar prize, and flew to Dallas to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, Zoe Olivia Mahan. He has yet to win this year, but, by most accounts, was playing some of his best golf at the Canadian Open. Golf World's Jaime Diaz believes the 31 year old may have chalked up a bigger victory.

DIAZ: It's just a different priority now for children and I think the reaction towards Hunter reflected that. It was almost unanimous in his favor. Professional athletes no longer have to live and die for the game. There's a sense that these guys have lives, too, and we're not going to have unsuccessful family lives for the sake of our performance in the athletic arena.

PEGUES: As for Mahan, he tweeted that mom, Zoe and golfer, were all doing well.

RUSH:  I'm such an old-fashioned guy.  "It's just different priority now for children."  It is?  Is there a different priority for children in our culture now?  No, I'm being serious.  I'm not trying to be provocative.  I mean, the way that sounds, it sounds like these guys used to never really care about their kids, but that's all changed now.  It's a different priority -- (interruption) Bull crap.  Of course guys change diapers.  Yes, they did.  Don't give me that.  What are you talking about, guys didn't change diapers?  Of course they did.  And they took out the trash. All of this stuff is myths.  Of course they took out the trash. 

They washed the car. They fixed the roof.  They did all this stuff. They mowed the lawn.  They did all this crap.  That's what I'm saying, bringing home a million bucks to support the family, it's just not as important anymore.  Look, it's his decision, none of my business.  I'm reacting to the media story here.  Hunter Mahan can do what he wants.  More power to him.  The way the media's reporting, what do you mean a different priority now for kids?  See, this feeds right into this feminist garbage that men never used to care about their kids until feminism came along.  Bill Clinton revived the whole notion of men caring about their wives 'cause the husbands didn't.  Clinton came along, soccer mom and all that stuff, and he cared about these women more than their own husbands did. I mean, that was the story.

And now all of a sudden men finally care about their kids.  What a crock.  Men never changed diapers.  What the hell is that?  Men changed diapers. They took out the trash. They mowed the yard. They fixed the roof. They washed the car, and they paid for all of it.  So now you leave a million bucks -- he'll make up. Some sponsor will come along and make that up.  That's what'll happen so it'll end up okay for him.  Well, maybe he'll get a diaper endorsement, who knows, but some sponsor will come along, he'll make up what he didn't lose there. 

I remember in the modern era of this program, if I'm right in my memory, the first occurrence of this. Back in the late eighties or early nineties, there was an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, now the Tennessee Titans, who announced that he was not going to play on Sunday. He was instead gonna go to the hospital and be there for the birth of his baby, and it was a road game week for the Oilers.  His name was David Williams. I remember the incident.  And I remember weighing in on it. 

My take on it back then was I thought a guy's responsibility to his family was to earn a living.  And I didn't think it was a strike against a guy for not being at the birth of his child, but with a modern era of feminism, that became a new reality.  If the guy wasn't there, he didn't care. 

David Williams had a lot of support, but the owner of the Houston Oilers, Bud Adams, docked him a paycheck.  He was fined for not showing up.  He had a contract to play. He was healthy. He wasn't on injured reserve.  He chose not to show up and it was a huge, huge issue.  He was fined, I think docked a paycheck or something like that.  It was a huge, huge issue.  That's just the trend.  I don't want anybody calling Hunter Mahan and telling him something I didn't say.  He can do whatever he wants.  What I don't like is the way the media reports this stuff -- here, play the sound bite again. 

PEGUES: He literally walked away from a potential million dollar prize, and flew to Dallas to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, Zoe Olivia Mahan. He has yet to win this year, but, by most accounts, was playing some of his best golf at the Canadian Open. Golf World's Jaime Diaz believes the 31 year old may have chalked up a bigger victory.

DIAZ: It's just a different priority now for children and I think the reaction towards Hunter reflected that. It was almost unanimous in his favor. Professional athletes no longer have to live and die for the game. There's a sense that these guys have lives, too, and we're not going to have unsuccessful family lives for the sake of our performance in the athletic arena.

PEGUES: As for Mahan, he tweeted that mom, Zoe and golfer, were all doing well.

RUSH:  See, my problem here is this whole "it's just a different priority now for children."  Incumbent there is the assumption that men never cared before about their kids.  And now the definition of a guy caring about his kid is being at the birth.  That's it.  It's a new day.  Just a different priority now for children.  And I maintain to you that, look, there are exceptions to everything.  There are bad actors everywhere, but the idea that men in general didn't care about their kids, that took hold with feminism.  That's why this is such a story, because the assumption -- remember the TIME Magazine cover?  They're shocked when they learned that men and women are actually born different?  Well, so did this take hold.  Men are brutes, they're predators, can't trust them with their own kids, and now they finally, finally are making their children the right priority.  And we're not gonna have unsuccessful family lives for the sake of our performance. 

What did that mean?  That means staying and finishing the tournament and maybe winning it equals an unsuccessful family life?  That's my problem with this, as it always is, is with the media interpretation of this stuff, or the media portrayal of it.  And then, you know, have to hear, "Well, men never change the diapers."  They always change the diapers.  Men always got up at three in the morning.  You couldn't help it. The baby makes a racket, everybody wakes up.  So many of these silly popular misconceptions take hold as reality, and they weren't. 

I'm just sick and tired of the way men, in a blanket way, have been portrayed as an uncaring, insensitive bunch of boobs and it's been that way since the late sixties. And now the left has certain tests that a guy has to pass in order to be a real guy, and I'm sorry, tests are full of it, they're bunko, and I don't accept 'em.

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RUSH: Let's go to Sean in New Bern, North Carolina.  Hi Sean, great to have you on the program.

CALLER:  Appreciate it Rush.  Mega Navy dittos to you.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir.

CALLER: You talked about Hunter Mahan. He's a great golfer. I love the guy. I think you're missing a slight point, though, that's kind of a big deal.  I agree with you a hundred percent on everything, but the media is amazed by the value that he places on that child's life.  He would miss that million-dollar paycheck just to be with that baby?

RUSH:  Okay. So what you're saying is, from the media standpoint, this is a story of love over greed, right?

CALLER:  Pro-life over the opposite.

RUSH:  No, no. No.  No.  Are you thinking the media is upset with him for doing this?

CALLER:  Well, I think they're --

RUSH:  The media is ecstatic that he did this.

CALLER:  I agree, but I'm amazed the fact. Like, why it's such a big deal to them?  You see, I agree with you that they are ecstatic about it, and it's a feminist issue and whatnot.  However, they're also... It's such a big deal 'cause I can't even believe it, holy smokes.

RUSH:  Why can't they believe it?

CALLER:  They can't believe... It's amazing to them the value of that human life to Hunter, that his child has that much value because, you know, life is --

RUSH:  Oh.  Oh.  Oh.  Oh.  You're saying that as a bunch of leftists, the birth of a baby isn't that big a deal to them.

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  And yet here's a guy who would give up everything for the birth of his child and the left doesn't quite get it?

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  Yeah.  Interesting thinking out there, Sean.

CALLER:  Appreciate it, Rush.

RUSH:  Interesting thinking.  I thought you meant that this was meant to be a story of love over greed --

CALLER:  No, no.

RUSH:  -- where he chose the baby over money.

CALLER:  Nope.

RUSH:  The media would love that angle, though, see?

CALLER:  True.

RUSH:  Because money is the root of all evil. Greed.

CALLER:  True.

RUSH:  "Earning a paycheck" to them is "greed."

CALLER:  Yes.  Working isn't nothing anymore, right?

RUSH:  Working to earn a pay is greed.  So he chose love of his child over greed.  That's their angle here. That's why the whole thing offends me is that earning a living is greedy, but your take also interesting.

CALLER:  Yeah, I think I agree with you, too. It's not that I disagree. It's just the additional kind of below-the-surface issue of pro-life. So, that's my take.

RUSH:  You know what's gonna happen here?  I don't know Hunter Mahan, but I know what's gonna happen.  He's gonna hear that I was ripping him, and he's gonna be asked about it, and I have not done that. I want it perfectly understood: I don't even know him.  I'm reacting to the way the media covered this, pure and simple.  Any of you who know Hunter Mahan, I want you to tell him this, because I know this is gonna get mischaracterized.

Everything I do gets mischaracterized, and the press loving this is like everything else, folks. It's rooted in politics.  There is a political interpretation of this.  They want it to look like they value something over greed and money. To them, what Hunter Mahan did is a way for them to advance their politics, their ideology.  Do not doubt me.  I am consistent because any time I see the left doing that, I call 'em on it. 

Now, I am told that the Weiner laundry story is from today.  It is from the New York Post.  The reason why I thought it was an old story is because I have seen the videotape of Weiner with the dirty clothes under his arm going to the Laundromat, and then I have seen Weiner leaving the dry cleaners in Queens where they live and walking back home, and this was after the first sexting episode.  That's why I thought the story was old.

The date doesn't print out on these foolish things, so I assumed that this was an old story or that the People magazine story was an old story, 'cause I've seen it.  I have seen Weiner on videotape walk out of his apartment with a bag of dirty clothes going to the Laundromat. They don't have a washer and dryer at their house, was the story, and the same thing with the dry cleaners.  The story today in the New York Post is that in a People magazine interview Weiner says he did the laundry for Huma to help rebuild their "normal family." 

You talking about a stereotype?  

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